|"Manna for Ministry" Communication - NOVEMBER 2002|
Greetings from the Anglo Africa Regional Office!
I trust that you, your family, ministry/church congregation are well! We rejoice in the fact that we can all daily reflect to those still 'lost' that God is alive, powerful, gracious, merciful as well as ready and willing and able to move in our lives and world! What a privilege that we are 'called' to be people who would inspire hope and faith!
From the day that David put on the leadership mantle, his "faith-based optimism" motivated him to attempt feats for God that normal leaders would not even consider! He steadfastly expected God's power to be made manifest within his life. My prayer for each of us is that we would live in the dimension of being aware of his constant power, and with "optimistic excitement" about our ministry and lives, in spite of situations which may arise that paint a 'bleak' picture. Corrie ten Boom said "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength"
Below is the testimony of Corrie ten Boom "Thanks for Fleas". May it encourage and uplift you as we, together, "press on" in reaching every home with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 2 Thess. 1:11 "With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith".
Please share this testimony with someone who has not heard it!
Corrie ten Boom was an inspiration and challenge to thousands of people after World War 11. Hearts were stirred and lives changed as she told with moving simplicity about God's sufficiency to meet her needs, even as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. Not only was the camp filthy, but there were fleas everywhere.
Corrie's sister Betsie, who was imprisoned with her, insisted that 1 Thessalonians 5:18 was God's will for them. "In everything give thanks." But giving thanks in a flea-infested place seemed unrealistic to Corrie - until she realized why the guards didn't come into their barracks to make them stop praying and singing hymns! They wanted to avoid the fleas! So, the prisoners were free to worship and study the Bible. The fleas, yes, even the fleas were agents of grace, and something to be thankful for!
What are some of the "fleas" in our lives? They aren't the big difficulties, but the petty annoyances. They are the little trials from which we can't escape. Is it possible that they are one of the ways the Lord teaches us spiritual lessons and helps us to increase our endurance?
When we are tempted to grumble, let's remember the fleas and give thanks!
Let God's power strengthen you today! He is the sum total of all we are, all we own and all we do!
Till next time, be blessed - we love and appreciate you. And remember, God's work done in God's way for God's glory will never lack God's supply!
Hennie Hanekom and the Regional Team